Monday, September 29, 2014

Allāh Attributes Of Al-‘Azeem

Allāh Attributes Of Al-‘Azeem

The Supreme Glory,  The Mighty Splendor,  The Most Grand,  The Greatest

By Ibn Saleh

In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful;
All the praise and thanks is due to Allāh, the Lord of al-‘ālameen. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allāh, and that Muhammad, Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam is His Servant and Messenger.


The Supreme Glory,  The Mighty Splendor,  The Most Grand,  The Greatest

It means Allāh Almighty is:

·        The One who is greatest, mightiest, grandest and above all.
·        The One who is of the greatest importance.
·        The One who is magnificent, vast and most revered.
·        The One who is of perfect and absolute greatness.

From the root ‘a-z-m which has the following classical Arabic connotations:

·        to be great, large, big
·        to be vast, huge, enormous
·        to be great in rank, importance or dignity
·        to be imposing, powerful, superior
·        to be magnificent, honored, revered, sublime
·        to be immense, stupendous, lofty
·        to be above imperfection

This name is used in the Qur'ân. For example, see Al-Baqarah, 2:255

Allah ; there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, The Greatest.

Note that the Arabic letter z sounds nothing at all like the English letter z, but rather is a open-jaw "th" sound.

Related names:

Jalîl is considered to be greatness in attributes.

Kabîr denotes the One whose essence is greatness.

Azîm is greatness in both attributes and self.

Mutakabbir is an empathic form which denotes actively using rights, privileges, rank and attributes that are above and beyond the rights of everyone else.

(Also written as al-'azhim, al-'athim, al-azim, al-athim, al-azeem, al-aziim, the Supreme Glory: Ya 'Azhim, Ya 'Athim, Ya Azim, Ya Athim, Ya Azeem, Ya Aziim)

Wal-Hamdulilahi Rabbil ‘ālameen, Was-Salātu was-Salāmu ‘ala Sayyidil Mursaleen waimamil Muttaqeen, Wa ‘ala ālihi waahli baitihi wasahbihi ajmaeen (And Praise is to Allāh, the Lord of the universe; Salawāt and Sālam on the sayyid of all the Apostles and its righteous followers, his family, members of his household and all the companions).

And Allāh Almighty Knows best.

[ Adapted from Wahiduddin Richard Shelquist , Longmont, Colorado, USA]

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